The Ensemble 

C.A. Dickerson is a published poet, dancer and actor with theatre credits including R+J: An Uncivil Tale with Rebel Theater, 12 Angry Jurors and Nothing Serious both at The Producers Club, Powder her Face at the BAM Theatre, Good Person of New Haven at the Long Wharf Theatre and more. Tv/Film credits include Deadly Sins, Sure Thing, and Back in the Day.

Samantha Clark is a recent graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she earned her BFA in Drama. While at Tisch, she designed her studies to include various approaches to acting from practical aesthetics at the Atlantic Acting School to Grotowski-based, physical acting techniques at the Experimental Theatre Wing. At NYU she was a part of several original works including Monstrous: Tales of a Fiend Boy and Unless the Bones are Shaken. Since graduating, Samantha has appeared in numerous cabarets and workshops with Rat King Theatre and this summer she can be seen acting in her first short film lead role in Here We Go. Samantha is extremely humbled to have been invited into this amazing project with Rebel Theater Company and The Eagle Project.

Nerea Duhart a spanish/mexican film and theatre actress has recently had her acting debut in the feature film Astraea which won two film festival awards this year. Trail of Tears is a dynamic story that she is very grateful to tell with the fierce team at Rebel Theater.

Christopher Robert Ellis: Christopher is very excited to be in the production of Trail of Tears. Christopher is an Arizona State graduate whose theater experiences include the role of Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Claude Rivera in Is He Dead? Christopher is a lover of Yoga and of Nature.

Tony Enos: Tony is an award winning international pop recording artist who first achieved commercial success with his debut album "Did It Rite", and his sophomore offering "The Heat." In addition he has had philanthropic success in LGBTQ youth rights and education, HIV/AIDS awareness, and domestic violence. He brings his passion as an activist and story teller to the Rebel stage.

Darleen Rae Fontaine makes her debut on this stage. She has had technical training at the Acting School of South Florida with Michael Gioa and Todd Bruno and recently finished training at The Acting Studio: New York with James Price. She has performed in various training classes before this production, but this will be her first production and is really enjoyed the experience. She enjoys singing, dancing and all things art and has found working on Trail of Tears to be the most thrilling experience in her life.

Olivia Hoffman: Regional: Two Gentlemen of Verona (Commonwealth Shakespeare, u/s Julia/Ensemble), Angels in America (Playhouse on Park, the Angel), Wholly, Joan’s! (Powerhouse Theater Apprentice Co., Joan of Arc) A Christmas Carol (Hartford Stage, Fan). Select Emerson Credits: Cowboy Mouth (Cavale), The Love of the Nightingale (Hero/Phaedra), Becky Shaw (Susan). Rebel Productions: Black Footnotes (Rajendra Maharaj, Miss June). Education: BFA Acting Emerson College.

Alana Inez is blessed to be part of Trail of Tears. This is her third production this year with No Peeking Theater's The Shapeshifter in Jersey City in February and Beautiful Soup's Neat and Tidy at the Clarion Theater this past June.  Alana has studied here in the states and abroad.  Her most notable teachers include Terry Schreiber and Al Freeman Jr. Alana received a BFA in acting from Howard University.

Wolfen de Castro prepared for acting by watching movies and listening to radio in his mother's arms. Studied text with a BA, MA and PhD in English and Comparative Literature (UT El Paso & Binghamton U-- not in his mom's arms). First went on stage as Henry Drummond in Inherit the Wind. Played Lazar Wolf in Fiddler on the Roof, Welsh in Damn Yankees. With Cedars, he began to emphasize Native roles.

Javon Minter is an African-American artist from Brooklyn. Selected acting credits: Dreamcatcher Ent. (Surprise Party- World Premiere), Brooklyn Performing Arts Center (Scarecrow, Quake, Buried Child, Camino Real The Chocolate Affair) LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (Little Shop of Horrors, Anna in the Tropics). Minter will be receiving his BFA in Acting from Brooklyn College in May 2016. He has also trained at HB Studio as a part of the Hagen Institute & with The Shakespeare Forum.

Michael Nephew - Eastern Band Cherokee -  He has performed with the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, QBd, Asian Stories In America(ASIA), Small Beer Theatre, Mt Vernon Players, the Washington Shakespeare Co,  the Washington Opera and most recently with Dominion Stage playing Chief Dwight Crackle in November. He has also appeared in production with Sirens Media, New Dominion Productions and Indigo Productions. This is his first production with Rebel Theater and the Eagle Project.

Lamar Perry is proud to make his New York stage debut in Thomas J. Soto’s Trail of Tears. He is an alum of both The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and of St. John’s University where he was an original cast member/producer of their Black Curtain Theatre troupe. As a member of Public Allies Connecticut, a division of AmeriCorps, Lamar also co-founded The Reel Youth Harford Film Festival.

Richard Perez: Theater: Brooklyn Academy of Music, Sarah Lawrence College (The Colored Museum) Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Irondale Ensemble Project, Jack Theater, New Brooklyn Theater, Truthworker Theater Company Festivals/ Conferences: The River to River Festival (Death of a Salesman), Connecting For Change at the Marion Institute in MA (Bar Code) Films: Columbia University Short, School of Visual Arts Short Training: Sarah Lawrence College BFA 17’ British American Drama Academy ’16. Film Intensive w/ Dani Super

Ryan Victor Pierce is Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape, originally from Southern New Jersey and Delaware. Upon graduation from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Ryan has performed in various readings, staged readings, and full productions at such renown theatrical institutions as the Public Theater, New York Theater Workshop, New Dramatists, LaMaMa E.T.C., Playwrights Horizons, and New York City Opera at Lincoln Center.Throughout his career, Ryan has also devoted much of his time performing in and helping to develop theatrical works of indigenous people from the US and around the world. Many of those works have been developed and performed at the American Indian Community House of New York City, AMERINDA, The Culture Project, Times Square Playwrights, the Australian Aboriginal Theater Initiative, as well as the United Nations.

Having a passion to incorporate American voices that aren't frequently heard, especially those of Native Americans, into the performing arts arena, Ryan founded the Eagle Project in 2012. 

Sheldon Raymore is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and currently resides in New York City. He’s worked most of his adult life in the fashion industry and when not working competes as a grass dancer on the national powwow circuit throughout turtle island. He also serves as a council member for the East Coast Two Spirit Society for which he facilitates for their weekly powwow dance practices. Sheldon is a visual artist, native american storyteller, and regalia designer.

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